| Minnesota National Guard MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2007
400 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy to Kosovo
More than 400 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers will depart Minnesota within the next few days to support the Kosovo International Security Force (KFOR) and be responsible for NATO peacekeeping operations in Kosovo for one year.
The deploying Soldiers are from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry headquartered in Mankato. The specific units mobilized are Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Mankato; A Company in West St. Paul; B Company in Rochester; C Company in Winona and Owatonna; D Company in Albert Lea; and F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion in Austin.
"This mission is ideally suited for the Army National Guard because it involves two key areas we specialize in " community assistance and homeland defense,"¯said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General.
The Soldiers will depart for Camp Atterbury, Indiana on Wednesday, July 18th to begin specific training, such as cultural and language studies, learning to conduct presence patrols, maneuvering military vehicles on Kosovo's narrow roads and identifying and reacting to potential hazards like landmines.
Members of the media are invited to attend the departure ceremonies in each community:
10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 15th
B Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
Rochester National Guard Armory
1715 Marion Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904
2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15th
A Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
St Croix Lutheran High School
1200 Oakdale Ave West
West St Paul MN 55418
6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15th
F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
Austin National Guard Armory
800 21 Street NE
Austin, MN 55912
10:00 a.m. Monday, July 16th
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
Albert Lea Armory
410 Prospect AVE
Albert Lea, MN 56007
2:00 p.m. Monday, July 16th
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
100 Martin Luther King Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18th
Final Battalion Formation for the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
7600 Helgerson DR SW
Rochester, MN 55902
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Captain Paul Rickert
Staff Sgt. Dan Ewer
July 15, F Co., 334th BSB Deploys to Kosovo Ceremony photo gallery
July 15, B Co., 2-135 Deploys to Kosovo Ceremony photo gallery
High res photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard/KosovoDeployments
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The US has been aiding countries in the region to improve their defence and military capacities as well as their relations with the NATO. The main tool for this goal is the US State Partnership Programme, in which the US National Guard partners with states from the former Soviet Bloc.
"In the process of upgrading the capabilities of the armed forces of small, transitional countries, co-operation with developed, democratic countries and their military structures [is necessary]," Zvonimir Mahecic, an external expert at the Institute for International Relations in Zagreb and a retired colonel from the Croatian military, told SETimes. "Through joint activities, militaries as well as civilians of small countries are getting a chance to learn from the experiences of military structures that had passed through significant development and adjustment to the needs of combat and non-combat operations of the 21st century. This kind of co-operation represents a great chance to transfer knowledge and achieve implementation. One example of this type of co-operation is between the Minnesota National Guard and Croatian."
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Bill Smith, father of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, and Richard Cauley, father of Spc. George Cauley, two Gold Star dads, recently spoke about their sons and what it means to be a Gold Star father.
"Everyone's greatest fear is the thought they'll say something awkward [to a Gold Star family member]. We want to talk about our loved ones. The greatest sadness would be that no one would remember," said Bill Smith.
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CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - For many Service members of the Minnesota National Guard, dedication to the community is as high of a priority as any other mission.
"We feel it is our duty, in our own communities, to ensure that our friends and neighbors are taken care of," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ryan Ross.
Ross, who has been an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota for over three years, as well as a member of the Minnesota National Guard, was recently recognized by the agency as "Big Brother of the Year" for the State of Minnesota.